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Staudenmayer named Fellow of the American Statistical Association

John Staudenmayer, Mathematics and Statistics, has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) for his professional contributions, leadership and commitment to the field of statistical science. Staudenmayer's research interests include methods to measure aspects of physical activity and inactivity and statistical methodology related to measurement error and smoothing. Staudenmayer says, "It is an honor to be recognized by colleagues as an ASA fellow. UMass Amherst has been a great place for me to be a statistician because of our students and my long time collaborators here, professors John Buonaccorsi and Patty Freedson."

UMass generates record $6.2 billion in economic impact

The University of Massachusetts was responsible for $6.2 billion in economic activity in Massachusetts last year—a record high—and helped to support more than 43,000 jobs statewide, President Marty Meehan announced today. "UMass educates more students than any college or university in the commonwealth and is one of the state's three largest research universities, but it also has a profound impact on the Massachusetts economy based on the scope and reach of its operations," President Meehan said. "UMass is a vital economic engine for the commonwealth," he added, "and its impact is felt in every community and by virtually every family across Massachusetts." Read more

iCons undergrads land summer internships in Massachusetts life science, energy firms

Six undergraduate students in the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program are now working at paid internships with Massachusetts life science and energy technology firms for the summer, at Anika Therapeutics of Bedford, Waters Corp. of Milford and Boston-Power, Inc. of Westborough. Read more

UMass awards tenure to Bradley, Gile, Hoque, Maresca, Remage-Healey, Starns, Deater-Deckard, and Jellison

The Board of Trustees voted June 15 to award and appoint tenure. The newly tenured CNS faculty members are: Bethany Bradley, Environmental Conservation; Krista Gile, Mathematics and Statistics; Simi T. Hoque, Environmental Conservation; Thomas Maresca, Biology; Luke Remage-Healey, Psychological and Brain Sciences and Jeffrey Starns, Psychological and Brain Sciences. Appointed as professors with tenure were Kirby Deater-Deckard, Psychological and Brain Sciences and Jody Jellison, Biology. Read more

Auerbach, Fermann present iCons pedagogy at Globalizing Liberal Arts workshop

Scott Auerbach and Justin Fermann, Chemistry, and co-directors of the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program, facilitated an invited workshop at Yale University earlier this month during a conference entitled "Globalizing the Liberal Arts." The conference focused on innovation in college-level liberal arts and science education, bringing thought leaders from around the U.S. to inform a curricular revision at Yale-NUS College, a satellite institution located in Singapore and co-founded by Yale University and the National University of Singapore (NUS). Read more

Crosby, Ross, Dinsmore, Rees, Mabee, Schweik, Irschick receive UMass President's Office grants

CNS faculty are among 14 Amherst campus faculty and staff members sharing more than $349,000 in grants from the President's Office for science and technology research and arts and humanities/social sciences projects. Funded projects with CNS faculty include "Bio-mechanics for Disease Diagnosis and Cell," led by Alfred Crosby, polymer science and engineering, and Jae-Hwang Lee, mechanical and industrial engineering, which will create an interdisciplinary research program to establish the university's bio-mechanical capabilities at the level of individual cells and organs. Jennifer Ross and Anthony Dinsmore, Physics, are PIs for "Soft Quantum Bio-Interface Center," a project to develop a new center that will be the first in the world to focus on research and technology at the interface between soft, biological materials and quantum-mechanical, electronic materials. "High Quality Environmental Data for Scientific Applications and Natural Resource Management" is led by Paula Rees, Water Resources Center, State Geologist Steve Mabee, Geosciences, and Charlie Schweik, Environmental Conservation. "Using 3D Modeling to Digitally Preserve the Architectural Heritage of Massachusetts," led by Duncan Irschick, Biology, Copper Giloth, Art, and Marla Miller, History, proposes to digitally preserve a series of endangered historic architectural landmarks in Massachusetts using a modified form of the Irschick's Beastcam technology. Read more

UMass Amherst and Holyoke schools unveil Scholars Program

Beginning in September, a number of Holyoke high school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to get a jump start on earning college credits from UMass Amherst at a very affordable cost, thanks to a new program announced by Holyoke Public Schools receiver Stephen Zrike and UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. Under the new UMass Holyoke High School Scholars Program, about 50 qualified students per year from Holyoke High and Dean Technical High School will be able to take one of three reduced-cost UMass Amherst courses, including "Introduction to Psychology." Holyoke students will pay only $20 per class plus materials, while the university will pick up the balance of the cost, estimated to be about $1,400 per student. Read more

Zuraw keynote speaker at Arunah Hill Natural Science Center in Cummington in September

Sarah Zuraw, graduate student in Astronomy, will be the keynote speaker at the Arunah Hill Natural Science Center in Cummington in September on "Discovering Gravity Waves." Springfield Republican

Rich comments on WWLP-TV 22 about testing ticks at his UMass laboratory, saying that tick-borne diseases can be prevented if a tick is removed quickly.

Stephen M. Rich, Microbiology and director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, comments in a television news story about testing ticks for disease at the laboratory. He says tick-borne diseases can be prevented if a tick is removed quickly. Tim Daly, laboratory assistant, says people should also be aware that there are more diseases than Lyme disease that can be transmitted by ticks. WWLP-TV 22

Cousin awarded NIDCR R03 Grant

Hélène Cousin, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, was awarded an RO3 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research grant. Read more

The website Livability.com says Amherst is the 6th-best small town in the country

The website Livability.com says Amherst is the 6th-best small town in the country largely based on its reputation as a college town. Springfield Republican

Cremone writes in Huffington Post about her research exploring children with ADHD and sleep

Amanda M. Cremone, a doctoral student in Neuroscience and Behavior, writes in the Huffington Post about her research into whether children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder might benefit from longer periods of sleep. One key area of inquiry is whether extended sleep in children with ADHD might reduce their impulsivity, she says. Huffington Post

Dasgupta interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition about research on how to overcome the STEM gender gap

Nilanjana Dasgupta, Psychological and Brain Sciences, is interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition about research on how to overcome the gender gap in science, technology engineering and mathematics jobs. She suggests that women in these fields should work together in teams rather than have their numbers diluted in overwhelmingly male teams. Having female colleagues helps boost confidence and self-esteem, Dasgupta says. NPR's Morning Edition

Woodman receives Public Service Research Grant

Ashley Woodman, Psychological and Brain Sciences, is one of five faculty that has received a Public Service Endowment Grants (PSEG) from a special campus fund designed to boost outreach and extend the campus resources into the surrounding community. Woodman, Director of the concentration in developmental disabilities, is receiving $5,800 to develop and implement a respite care curriculum for people with disabilities in Hadley. In conducting surveys, focus groups and interviews, she will give undergraduate research assistants a chance to participate in community-based research and create a database of respite care providers that staff can draw upon when making referrals to families of children with disabilities. Read more

Leckie, Bryant lead NSF STEMSEAS research voyage for 9 undergrads

Mark Leckie and graduate student Raquel Bryant, Geosciences, recently returned from leading a National Science Foundation's (NSF) STEM Student Experiences Aboard Ships (STEMSEAS) program. Nine undergraduate STEM students from across the country participated on this 10-day oceanography STEMSEAS voyage aboard a federally funded research vessel. Bryant's participation was funded by the Randolph and Cecile Bromery Graduate Fellowship. "The nine students were fantastic," Leckie said. "All were eager to engage with each other and to learn about the ocean first-hand. These types of experiences are life-changing, so even if they don't end up pursuing a geoscience or other STEM career, I think it's safe to say that they have gained new insights into the Earth sciences and the value of our ocean and its ecosystems."

Crosby '12, founder and owner of Fungi Ally in Hadley, is profiled in Springfield Republican

William R. "Willie" Crosby '12 Plant, Soil, and Insect Science, the founder and owner of Fungi Ally in Hadley, where he and his two part-time employees harvest about 150 pounds of shiitake, oyster and lion's mane mushrooms a week, is profiled in the Springfield Republican. Springfield Republican

Boyer tackles major highbush blueberry disease

As New England's blueberry season approaches, UMass Amherst doctoral candidate Matt Boyer, a doctoral student in the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program, says a fungal pathogen of highbush blueberries known as mummy berry is a common threat to growers, and if left untreated can destroy up to 50 percent of a crop. It is so named because it produces dead-looking, berry-shaped lumps instead of healthy berries. Boyer recently received a two-year, $79,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to identify the insect vectors that best spread the disease, and to study how variations in insect visitation can explain varying resistance levels among blueberry varieties. Read more

Gim uses Large Millimeter Telescope to detect Carbon Monoxide (CO) in galaxy

An article about scientists' detection of the faint radio emission from atomic hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, in COSMOS J100054, a galaxy nearly 5 billion light-years from Earth, mentions that UMass Amherst graduate student Hansung Gim, Astronomy, used the Large Millimeter Telescope in Mexico to detect carbon monoxide in the same galaxy. Gim's discovery gave the researchers key information about gas in the galaxy that is composed of molecules, rather than of individual atoms. Molecular gas is considered a necessary precursor to star formation. SpaceDaily

McGarigal lab's interactive mapping tool, Connect the Connecticut, now available for conservation purposes

A new interactive mapping tool developed by Kevin McGarigal, Environmental Conservation, and his graduate students at the UMass Landscape Ecology Lab is available to land trusts as they make strategic decisions about a major conservation vision for the Connecticut River watershed. "Connect the Connecticut" will help conservation groups in four New England states prioritize and coordinate land acquisition efforts within the 11,250 square-mile watershed, with an eye toward habitat resiliency in the face of climate change. The mapping and data effort is spearheaded by the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, which unites federal, state and local conservation partners to achieve common goals, and supports the development of related technology-based tools. The lab uses geographic information systems to understand how landscapes change over time. Springfield Republican

Auerbach receives UMass Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Scott Auerbach, Chemistry, received the Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching which recognizes outstanding teaching across all five UMass campuses for sustained excellence in teaching, exemplary contribution to the campus community, and supporting students' educational and career achievements. Auerbach's signature contributions have been in engaging and motivating thousands of students over a more than 20-year career through transformative approaches to STEM education, including real-world problem-based learning, team-based learning, and student-centered learning.

Center kicks off Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program

The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) has kicked off its Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program. This new program provides summer employment internships for UMass Amherst undergraduate students in the labs and offices of University faculty and in communities where professional Extension educators are engaged with citizens. The program will provide substantive professional or academic training and also enhance the goals and objectives of research and extension initiatives associated with CAFE.

UMass becomes first major public university to divest from direct fossil fuel holdings

The University of Massachusetts is the first major public university to divest its endowment from direct holdings in fossil fuels. The decision was made by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of the UMass Foundation, a separate not-for-profit corporation that oversees an endowment whose value was $770 million at the end of the last fiscal year. Read more

Markarian part of team that receives Chancellor's Citation Team Award

Jane Markarian, an organizer of the Eureka! partnership, was a member of a team that received a Chancellor's Citation Team Award. Pictured, from left to right: Terrie Kellogg, computer science; Robert Davis, academic computing; Jill Isabelle, campus recreation; Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy; Jane Markarian, CNS Advising Center; Garett DiStefano, dining services, and Elizabeth Wilda and Donna Blackney, news and media relations.

Whitbourne quoted in Business Insider article about coping from a rough breakup

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, is quoted in an an article in Business Insider on coping from a rough breakup. She writes in her Psychology Today blog, "The simple act of writing wasn't enough to cause change, nor was the ability to reframe the relationship's ending in more intellectual terms. Instead, it was the reshaping of memories of the breakup, and the role the breakup played in the individual's personal story, that seemed to reveal the silver lining." Business Insider

Zoeller and other PEP faculty meet with state lawmakers

R. Thomas Zoeller, biology, was one of five faculty members who visited the State House May 12 as part of the Public Engagement Project Faculty Fellowship Program. They discussed their research and explored opportunities to collaborate with more than a dozen lawmakers, legislative staff and interest group representatives. Read more